GREAT COMMISSION IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN?
Long before King Jesus gave His disciples a Great Commission, God
Adam and Eve with five commands that would have changed the world for
His glory. In the beginning, God created the heavens, and He created a
world which was lacking order and was empty
and dark. God solved
the darkness with light. He solved the emptiness with abundant plant
and animal life, but He allowed that new life to run wild. He had
brought degrees of order by dividing light and dark, land from sea, and
establishing annual seasons. The living
creatures however, He entrusted
His appointed King and Queen by their Great Commission
in five commands to: "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and
subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the
sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
God first called King Adam and Queen Eve into the joys of marriage. He wanted them to love one another as He had designed them, and if they would enjoy their love, God would make them fruity with physical children. Today, marriage continues to be blessed by God, but He commissions us more specifically to bear spiritual fruit. If we will love God and humans (Mt22:37-38) in the power of the Holy Spirit as He designed us to love (Gal 5:22), then God will make us fruity too (Jn15:16) bearing spiritual children (2Tim2:1; 1Pet5:13; 3John1:4).
By our love one for another, Jesus promised in John 17:20-21 the world will believe He is the Christ (King). When they believe He is the King, they become spiritual fruits (1John5:1).
God fruited them with Cain, Abel, Seth, and others, but fruitiness was only their first command. He called King Adam and Queen Eve to multiply which meant their fruits had to be fruity too. In similar fashion, the disciples of King Jesus did not merely bear fruit by love, they also taught their fruit to how to love. The disciples did not just add to the Kingdom, but multiplied by teaching their fruits how to be fruity.
Paul called Timothy his spiritual son in 2Tim 2:1, then called Timothy to multiply in the very next verse: "The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." From Paul's love and instruction, Timothy the Fruit became fruity with "faithful men" who would bear the fruit of "others also."
FILL THE EARTH
Little did King Adam and Queen Eve realize, but their lovin' would eventually impact every corner of this planet. Most likely they had no idea how large the world was or how long it would take, but the first Great Commission encompassed the whole earth. Likewise, in the Great Commission of the new kingdom, King Jesus said, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations..."
His disciples went deep into Africa, Asia, and Europe. The disciples of His disciples have gone into every nation on earth, spreading the gospel of King Jesus.
God called Adam and Eve and their descendants to subdue every living creature which moved on the earth. That Hebrew command kabash literally meant to subjugate or "make subjects." Every living thing on earth lived in the wild. God commissioned His king and queen to make subjects of the wild animals.
When King Jesus had received all authority in heaven and on earth, He commissioned His followers to likewise make subjects, specifically to make disciple-subjects of the new King. A disciple follows and learns in subjection to King Jesus. We don't just bear spiritual fruit, we teach our spiritual fruits to become learners.
Last, God commissioned King Adam and Queen Eve to rule over all the animals and over every living thing which moved about on the earth. When God called them to rule, He called them to rabah in Hebrew which means to "have domain." In his kingdom, a king exercises rabah. A king has domain in his kingdom as King Solomon exercised rabah in 1 Kings 4:24.
When King Jesus commissioned His followers, He did not call us to make disciples who would obey us, but obey Him. Until they sinned, Adam and Eve could walk the earth rightly declaring, "The Kingdom of God has arrived." Wherever the creatures were subdued, Adam and Eve had dominion. Wherever the King and Queen walked, the Kingdom of God had come near. King Jesus did not call His disciples to rule, but to teach others the fact that He rules. Adam and Eve made subjects and ruled their subjects. Disciples of King Jesus make learners and teach the them to obey King Jesus.
Are you being discipled? Do you know how to teach others about King Jesus? I will be speaking Wednesday evening April 24th at 6PM in Bartlett TN about discipleship. If you would like more information, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Great Commission in the Garden of Eden" by Matthew Bryan was first published at www.matthewbryan.net on March 8th, 2013. All rights are reserved. Except where otherwise noted, all scripture references quoted from NASB and used by permission. www.lockman.org.